Myeloma patient Lisa Anderson leads the Target Myeloma team who are taking on the 2018 Myeloma UK London Paris Ride.
On 5 September 2016 at the age of 41 Lisa Anderson was diagnosed with Stage 3 Light Chain myeloma.
“In some ways I was pleased to have a diagnosis, I had felt unwell for nine months and at times in total despair with pain. I had fractured my left collar bone, sternum, crushed four vertebrae and had lesions in my pelvis. I was borderline for needing it pinned which fortunately didn’t happen.”
Lisa didn’t want myeloma to shape her life, having been very fit and active before her diagnosis.
“I needed a challenge to keep me focused. Cycling is something my husband and friends like doing and what better way than to enjoy the great outdoors with the ones that make you happy.”
Lisa will be taking on the Myeloma UK London Paris Ride 2018 with five of her relatives and friends; Ian (her husband), Andy (her brother-in-law), Alison (her friend), Carli (Alison’s daughter, and Lisa’s PT instructor and friend) and Sarah (her friend).
On why she decided to take on the challenge to raise money for Myeloma UK, Lisa said, “Myeloma UK is a great source of information for us. As soon as I was diagnosed I was given publications from Myeloma UK by the hospital. The publications are definitely the go-to for accurate information.
“My husband also called the Myeloma Infoline in the early stages of diagnosis and we attended an Infoday in November 2016. We all want to raise funds so the charity can continue its good work including funding new research and ultimately to find a cure for this disease.”
You can find out more about the Target Myeloma team and Lisa’s story on their website.
Find out more about the Myeloma UK London Paris Ride 2018 here.
I was a determined person before myeloma however I am more determined now. This mental strength will help me when those moments of doubt set in.”
Places for this exclusive ride are limited.